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Next Up: To The Lighthouse

Hey y’all. It’s time to preview my 89th book, To The Lighthouse by my old dear friend Virginia Woolf.

As I’ve mentioned many times here on the blog, I wasn’t a fan of Mrs. Dalloway, but I’m willing to give this one a chance.

Here are a few quick facts about To The Lighthouse and Virginia Woolf. Read more

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Book 88: At Swim Two-Birds

88 books down.

This one was a bit difficult for me to endure. It’s essentially three stories in one. The first, autobiographical, is about an unnamed Irish Lit student. The second story is about a character named John Furriskey, created by a second character named Dermot Trellis, both of which were created by the student. The final story are adaptations of Irish legends involving characters named Finn Mac Cool and Mad King Sweeney.

Follow? Me neither.

I’ve read stories inside stories before (like The French Lieutenant’s Woman), but this one was more difficult to get through.

An example of both the wordiness of the novel and O’Brien’s view on literature. Read more

Is This Thing On?

Hey. It’s me. Robert.

How are you?

So this is one of those dumb blog posts where the writer is like “Hey, sorry for not posting in X weeks. But I’m back and going to do better this time.”

Then all the readers are like “Who cares, dude? I forgot you even existed.” Unsubscribe.
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Book #87: The Painted Bird

Almost every novel on the Time list is dark in some way. Some more than others, of course, but they all have that element of darkness.

None of them, though, reach the level of The Painted Bird. This novel, y’all, it’s brutal.

Imagine a 6-year-old Jewish kid, abandoned by his parents, witnessing a gauntlet of tortuous events—a young teenager’s eyeballs gouged out, a man falling into a pit of ravenous rats, a woman brutally raped to the point she dies—and that’s just the beginning. Read more

The Painted Bird: Memoir or Fiction?

Did you ever hear the one about Jerzy Kosinski passing off The Painted Bird as a memoir?

Yeah, that kind of happened.

Here’s how our always trustworthy friends at Wikipedia put it: Read more

Terrible Things Happen in This Book

Let’s talk about The Painted Bird.

If you read my preview, you’ll remember that our protagonist in this novel is an orphaned six-year-old boy during World War 2.

In the first 60 pages, said child witnesses the following incidents (note: these aren’t essential to the plot so no spoilers here…just illustrating the graphic nature of this book): Read more

Next Up: The Painted Bird

Just when I thought this list of books couldn’t get any more depressing, in steps The Painted Bird. This novel by Jerzy Kasinski is the story of an orphaned, homeless Jewish boy during War World 2. We see the world through the eyes of a horribly mistreated six year old. This one sounds like a great, peppy read for summer.

A few facts about The Painted Bird and its author Jerzy Kasinski: Read more

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